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Symposium on gender and violence


The Women's Studies Research Center at Miami University will sponsor "Gender and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Symposium" Friday, Feb. 26, at Shriver Center.

Keynote address for the symposium will be given by Ann Jones, award-winning journalist and author of Next Time She'll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It and Women Who Kill, among other books. She is recognized as an authority on women and criminal justice.

Gender and violence will be discussed from many viewpoints, including the humanities, social sciences, human service professions and the fine arts. Both historical and theoretical perspectives within feminist research and activism will inform discussions.

The symposium is preceded by a film festival 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in 13 Laws Hall. "Hope of Awakening," by Constance Carlisle and "Just Another Four Letter Word: An Interpretive Study of Women and Rape," by Laura Scudiere and Aeryne Hixon, both Miami students, will be shown. The writers/producers will be joined afterward by Berenice Ruhl of Martin University for a discussion.

Schedule is as follows:

8 a.m. Registration, Shriver Center lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Call 529-4616.

9 a.m. Workshop, multipurpose room A. Rising Out of Domestic Violence: Providing Culturally Specific Group Support for Women of African Descent. Tonya Lovelace, Family Violence Collaborative, Dayton.

9-10:15 a.m. Panel presentation, multipurpose room B. Facilitator: Jill Swienicicki.

  • Die or Kill: Assessing the Options in Representations of Spousal Violence, Frances E. Dolan, English, Miami.
  • Mental Representations of Spousal Homicide, Heidi Janicki, psychology, Miami.
  • Framing Abuse: Domestic Homicide in Post-World War II Ohio, Anita Larson, history, Miami.
  • The Discourse of Romance and Violence, Sally Lloyd, women's studies and educational leadership, Miami, and Beth Emery, human sciences, Middle Tennessee State University.

10:45-noon. Panel Presentation, multipurpose room B. Facilitator: Mary McDonald.

  • Domestic Violence in Namibia and the United States: A Comparative Performance, Kelly Shindell, Miami.
  • Hegemonic Masculinity and the Role of Women in International Relations, Amy Ertel and Louise Steen-Sprang, political science, Ohio State University.
  • A Hard Lesson to Learn: The Demise of Title IX Protection Against Sexual Harrassment in Schools and its Impact on U.S. Feminist Activist Strategies, Laura Foster, College of Law and women's studies, University of Cincinnati.

Noon. Lunch: on your own, or pre-order a box lunch. Call 529-4616 for details.

1-2:30 p.m. Keynote address, multipurpose room B. Welcome from President James C. Garland.

  • Keynote Speaker: Ann Jones, on "Changing the Way We Think and Act About Battering."

2:45-4 p.m. Panel presentation, multipurpose room B. Facilitator: Katie Johnson.

  • Pathways from a Violent Childhood: Theoretical and Research Questions, Mary E. Dankoski, child development and family studies, Purdue University.
  • Attitudes about Heterosexual Rape: Understanding Gender and Relationship Status, Beth Harrick, psychology, Miami.
  • Locked Up in Love: Same-Sex Domestic Violence Within Female Corrections, Cara Henry and Renee Devlin, CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, Columbus.
  • A Comparison of Catholic Clergy and Service Providers' Views on and Responses to Domestic Violence, Emilee I. Thompson, psychology and women's studies, Miami.

4:15-4:45 p.m. Heistand Art Gallery. "Reclaiming the Night" photography presentation, Deborah Orloff, photography, University of Toledo.

4:45-6 p.m. Reception for all symposium attendees, foyer, Heistand Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Sally Lloyd, women's studies , 529-4616 or 529-6420, or Information is also online at -30-


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